t.e.s.o. are an electronic music duo based in Milan, formed in 2014 by Matteo Castiglioni and Jacopo Biffi. 'No.3. Obliate' is a towering tour de force of sonic architecture and the pairs second album. If the contemporary Brutalist architecture of Le Corbusier and Alison and Peter Smithson had a soundtrack, this surely, is it.
Their sound research is inspired by contemporary music, early twentieth century artistic ideas, jazz and IDM but with a deep interest in developing a personal vision about soundscapes, rhythms and melodies. Born as a live act commissioned by the Conservatorio of Milano, the duo released their first track on FatCat Records followed by their first self-produced album 'Over a Neutral Landscape' and then the 'Plato' EP on Rxstnz Records.
Alongside music production, the duo created a multimedia installation 'neMachine' earlier this summer that investigates the geometric studies of Le Corbusier in parallel to the musical production of Erik Satie.
Always looking for new sound architectures, the duo manipulate their self programmed software and hardware machines to produce new sonic landscapes. 'No.3. Obliate' is a no holds barred vision of their beguiling and brutalist sound design. A future of twisted concrete and rusted steel shot through with warmth and humanism.
My first impression was that the first tracks of the album have a sort of electronic jazz/fusion feel to them. A good thing! The album then progresses along more IDM-like paths, and each track delivers. Very good! Cyance